SPRINGVILLE—For more than 10 years, students at Springville-Griffith Institute have raised money and shaved their heads as part of the Bald for Bucks program, and the tradition is continuing this year with early success.
Students at S-GI Elementary, Middle and High schools have been working hard to raise money through the Bald for Bucks program for cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and, in the end, will shave their head or do other things to support the cause. So far, the S-GI Goin' Bald for Bucks team has raised over $1,100.
“I think the main thing the kids get out of it is the development of their leadership skills. They have to go out and organize, talk to businesses to get donations, make arrangements for the chicken barbecue,” S-GI teacher and event organizer John Busekist said. “For other kids, the sense of community service is sometimes, I think, lacking and sometimes hard to get a kid to do something extra for their community. So I think if we start getting them into this community service mode at a young age, they may carry it on when they get older.”
After being mainly a high school event since its start, the Bald for Bucks program for the first time will also include students from the middle and elementary schools. With the new buildings participation along with the continued support from the high school students, Busekist said the reception to the event has been very good so far and some of the buildings are already talking about how they can expand Bald for Bucks next year.
“It was time to start expanding it and start getting some other people involved,” Busekist said. “It seemed like the ideal time because [Principal James] Bialasik mentioned it at an administrative meeting and the principals said we would like to get involved and it grew from there.”
The Bald for Bucks event will take place on April 6, with the elementary and middle school students head shaving portion happening in the morning, before school, and the high school head shaving happening after school. A chicken barbecue and theme auction will also be held to go along with the after school event.
For more information or to donate to the S-GI Goin' Bald for Bucks team, visit www.springvillegi.org.